February 23, 2010

ISLANDERS HOST HOUSTON BAPTIST AT 2 P.M. TUESDAY

The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team looks to move to 3-0 in the 2010 season as it hosts Houston Baptist on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Chapman Field.

After rain forced the postponement of games this past Friday and Saturday, the Islanders made their debut on Sunday sweeping a doubleheader with Prairie View by scores of 9-6 and 8-5. The Huskies enter the season 0-2 after dropping a pair over the weekend to UTSA at Roadrunner Field.

"We played well over the weekend and we would like to continue that and build some momentum," said Islander head coach Scott Malone. "We did a really good job at the plate and would like to see us swing the bats well again."

In the sweep of the Panthers, the Islanders hit .366 as a team. Omar Garcia, Jeramie Marek and Marc Damon led the way as each hit .571 or better. Garcia hit a team-best 750, while Marek was 6-of-10 with four runs batted in. He extended his hitting streak to a school-record 24 games. Damon made his Islander debut hitting .571 and launched the team's first home run of the season and added a double.

The Islanders received solid pitching from its staff which posted a 3.50 average for the weekend, walked three batters as a group and limited the Panthers to a .250 average. Trevor Foss earned the win in the opener allowing one hit over 2-2/3 innings, while Ian Campbell was nearly perfect in three innings of relief to get the win in the second game. In 9-2/3 innings of work, the Islander bullpen allowed one earned run.

For the Huskies, Kolby Arnst and Derek Smith each hit .500 at UTSA as they hit .282 as a team and scored in four runs. On the mound the Huskies had a 7.88 ERA as a staff with the Roadrunners hitting .282.

Damon, a lefty, will make his debut on the mound Saturday for the Islanders. Right-hander Michael Schulle will start for the Huskies.

"I am anxious to see Marc on the mound," said Malone. "He did a great job for us at the plate over the weekend and now it is a chance to see him at a different spot on the field."